Japanese PM Abe adopts PH eagle

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe adopted a Philippine Eagle, which was shot by an air gun in the abdomen last year, during the last leg of his official visit to the country on Friday. In an article written by Pia Rañada for Rappler on January 14, 2017, it was mentioned that the 62-year-old leader has named the monkey-eating eagle “Sakura” which means “cherry blossoms” in the Japanese language. The eagle, which was rescued in Talaingod, Davao del Norte in 2016, is currently under the custody of the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) sanctuary in Davao City along with 35 other eagles, 10 species of birds, four species of mammals, and two species of reptiles.



President Rodrigo Roa Duterte handed over a framed photo of the eagle to Abe, along with a stuffed toy dressed in the traditional kimono. According to the Red List of Threatened Species managed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Philippine eagle is critically endangered since 1994 after an “extremely rapid decline” in its population has been recorded in the last 56 years. Present during the symbolic event were the prime minister’s wife Akie Abe, Duterte’s partner Honeylet Avanceña, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo, and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez.
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